Shaka Zulu (I) (1986)

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A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Lt. Francis Farewell (1 episode, 1986)
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 Dr. Henry Fynn (1 episode, 1986)
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 Lord Charles Somerset (1 episode, 1986)
Fiona Fullerton ...
 Elizabeth Farewell (1 episode, 1986)
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 Lord Bathurst (1 episode, 1986)
Henry Cele ...
 Shaka (1 episode, 1986)
Dudu Mkhize ...
 Nandi (1 episode, 1986)
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 George IV (1 episode, 1986)
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 Prof. Bramston (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Griffith ...
 Zacharias Abrahams (1 episode, 1986)
Conrad Magwaza ...
 Senzagakona (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Ndlovu ...
 Mudli (1 episode, 1986)
Roland Mqwebu ...
 Ngomane (1 episode, 1986)
Gugu Nxumalo ...
 Mkabayi (1 episode, 1986)
Tu Nokwe ...
 Pampata (1 episode, 1986)
Vuyisile Bojana ...
 Mgobozi (1 episode, 1986)
Bingo Bentley ...
 Bhuza (1 episode, 1986)
Simon Sabela ...
 Dingiswayo (1 episode, 1986)
Sam Williams ...
 Jama (1 episode, 1986)
Alex Heyns ...
 Vegte (1 episode, 1986)
Graham Armitage ...
 Wilkins (1 episode, 1986)
Geoff Albert ...
 Thomson (1 episode, 1986)
Sonke Buthelezi ...
 Nqoboka (1 episode, 1986)
John Carson ...
 Lord Kimberley (1 episode, 1986)
Khumbulani Cele ...
 Shaka (6-11) (1 episode, 1986)
Dabula Ciliza ...
 Ghubela (1 episode, 1986)
Bill Curry ...
 Popham (1 episode, 1986)
Terence Dlamini ...
 Gazi (1 episode, 1986)
Thembinkosi Dlamini ...
 Mevana (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Gabela ...
 Shaka (15-19) (1 episode, 1986)
King Beaters Gabelah ...
 Musi (1 episode, 1986)
Winston Gama ...
 Mzilikazi (1 episode, 1986)
P.W.M. Gardner ...
 Aithison (1 episode, 1986)
Keith Grenville ...
 Shepstone (1 episode, 1986)
Zipathe Gumede ...
 Nkalakata (1 episode, 1986)
Daphney Hlomuka ...
 Queen Ntombazi (1 episode, 1986)
Eugene Hlomuka ...
 Dilikana (1 episode, 1986)
James Irwin ...
 Gen. Chelmsford (1 episode, 1986)
Ian Jali ...
 Sigiyana (1 episode, 1986)
Kerry Jordan ...
 Rev. Bellow (1 episode, 1986)
Benedict Khambula ...
 Witchdoctor (1 episode, 1986)
Charles Kinsman ...
 Cane (1 episode, 1986)
Sokesimbone Kubheka ...
 Cetshwayo (1 episode, 1986)
Bruno Luthuli ...
 Pungashe (1 episode, 1986)
Khulekani Magubane ...
 Zwide (1 episode, 1986)
Victor Majavu ...
 King Makedama (1 episode, 1986)
Phillip Majola ...
 Ngwadi (9 yrs old) (1 episode, 1986)
Humphrey Makhoba ...
 Dingane (1 episode, 1986)
Obed Makubane ...
 Messenger (1 episode, 1986)
Africa Manqele ...
 Ngazana (1 episode, 1986)
Sonto Mazibuko ...
 Bibi (1 episode, 1986)
Grissel Mboni ...
 Mfunda (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Mgaga ...
 Nzobo (1 episode, 1986)
Eric Mcanyana ...
 Godongwana (1 episode, 1986)
Dingeni Mhlongo ...
 Nomcoba (child) (1 episode, 1986)
Precious Mkhize ...
 Njani (1 episode, 1986)
Raymond Mkhize ...
 Soshangane (1 episode, 1986)
Amos Mkhonza ...
 King Kondlo (1 episode, 1986)
Louis Mtetwa ...
 Ufasimba (1 episode, 1986)
Sally Mthembu ...
 Majola (1 episode, 1986)
Lucky Mtshali ...
 Nondumo (1 episode, 1986)
Sabelo Ndebele ...
 Ngwadi (1 episode, 1986)
Daniel Ndlovu ...
 Dlaba (1 episode, 1986)
Isabelle Ndlovu ...
 Noliwa (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Nene ...
 Mbopha (1 episode, 1986)
Shadrack Ngema ...
 Joko (1 episode, 1986)
Elliot Ngubane ...
 Mphepha (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Nkwanyana ...
 Ufasimba (1 episode, 1986)
Alfred D. Nokwe ...
 Kuta (1 episode, 1986)
Emily Nompumelelo ...
 Mahlana (1 episode, 1986)
Adalbero Ntsele ...
 Luthuli (1 episode, 1986)
Samuel Ntsini ...
 The Nameless One (1 episode, 1986)
Horatius Ntuli ...
 Njanis Father (1 episode, 1986)
Artwell Nyembe ...
 Ufasimba Leader (1 episode, 1986)
Aletta Rabotapi ...
 Maidservant (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Richard ...
 Mordechai Abrahams (1 episode, 1986)
Erica Rogers ...
 Queen Victoria (1 episode, 1986)
Hugh Rouse ...
 Worthing (1 episode, 1986)
Cynthia Shange ...
 Mkabi (1 episode, 1986)
Sibusiso Shange ...
 Phakathwayo (1 episode, 1986)
David Sherwood ...
 Captain Blair (1 episode, 1986)
Yule Simone ...
 Gendeyana (1 episode, 1986)
Leonard Sithole ...
 Mbuya (1 episode, 1986)
Washington Xisolo ...
 Bhebhe (1 episode, 1986)
Ron Smerczak ...
 Ogle (1 episode, 1986)
Sibongile Sokhulu ...
 Nomcoba (1 episode, 1986)
Daniel Stewart ...
 Tonino (1 episode, 1986)
Oliver Stole ...
 Mbenghi (1 episode, 1986)
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 The Prince Of Wales (1 episode, 1986)
Reginald Tsokolibane ...
 The Lion Man (1 episode, 1986)
Sean Weir ...
 Hockley (1 episode, 1986)
Robert Whitehead ...
 Simpson (1 episode, 1986)
Nomsa Xaba ...
 Sitayi (1 episode, 1986)
Ganza Zama ...
 Mtonga (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Zulu ...
 Pakatwayo (1 episode, 1986)
V.E.M. Zulu ...
 King Sodubo (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Zungu ...
 Igazi (1 episode, 1986)
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Storyline

Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Taglines:

The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!


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Release Date:

24 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This has been the most repeatedly screened mini-series ever shown on syndicated television in the United States. By 1992 it had been seen by over 350 million viewers. The series dislodged John Marshall's "The Hunters" and the later The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980) and its follow-ups as the prime shaper of American perceptions of "tribal" history in southern Africa. The series even achieved cult status. See more »

Quotes

Somerset: Since he ascended the throne of the Zulus in 1816, Shaka has forged one of the mightiest empires the African continent has ever known... In less than 6 years, his small, insignificant tribe has risen from obscurity and given its name to an all-powerful nation organized into a fearsome military machine. Shaka is known as a mass murderer - a depraved ogre whose thirst for conquest knows no limits. He has deluged his country with innocent blood, disregarding the most sacred ties of affection, ...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Kirsten Dunst/Eminem (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Greensleeves
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Traditional
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User Reviews

 
A class act
13 January 2006 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

Although I remember seeing some of the original mini-series in the 80s I had never watched the whole story. My interest was re-awakened when I bought the Shaka Zulu box set in the January sales. Having watched the whole series through I realised that this was a great story, very well told and well acted (especially by the African leads - some of the British cast seem hammy in comparison although Edward Fox to his credit is less hammy than normal).

There are good production values and great scenery (the series used many of the original locations from Shaka's life) and hundreds of "real" extras. All in all a refreshing change from the vacuous CGI laden "epics" which flood the cinema now. I think the fact this was a mini-series has led to this production being seriously undervalued. It is a lot better than many films which get given Oscars.


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